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DOVER, Del. - A class teaching community members how to administer a drug that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose was held Tuesday evening at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover.

The class is a result of legislation signed this past summer allowing community members to administer the drug Naloxone. Once a person takes the class, they can then be qualified to be given a Naloxone kit.

The heroin epidemic continues to rattle Delaware. Between January and August of 2014, there were 132 suspected overdose deaths, many of which were tied to heroin and prescription painkillers.

Domenica Personti, Director of Adolescent Services and Prevention at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services Inc, teaches the class. "I think it's important for friends and family to have access to the medication. I think it's also important for active substance users to have access to the medication," she says.

Naloxone is a nasal spray that only works on people going through an opiate overdose and it is not a drug that can get users high. Classes teaching community members how to properly recognize and overdose and treat it with Naloxone are scheduled through until September 2015. The next class being held on Delmarva is scheduled for Jan. 22 at Delaware Technical Community College's Owens Campus in Georgetown.

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